Cutting down on drinking to save lives
It is perfectly safe to drink a certain amount each week, and some studies even claim that it is healthier for you to drink a little, as it can help to strengthen the heart and so on. However, problems arise when a little drinking turns into a lot, and a regular weekly drinking binge can blow out all of your recommended drinking units for the week in one hit. This type of drinking is not healthy and will eventually lead to serious health problems and can even lead to dependency.
Drinking too much can also lead to you deciding to drink and drive, if you have started to drink a little too often and become reckless with it. Drinking and driving is a major cause of accidents, and if you cause an accident you will not be able to claim on the other driver’s insurance or claim compensation for a whiplash injury in Chobham. Worse of all you may be punished by the law, losing your licence or even having to go to prison.
Below we have outlined a few helpful tips surrounding responsible drinking habits.
- Set a budget. This could even be a weekly budget to stop you overspending at the weekends or after work. Know how much you want to spend on alcohol all week and stick to it, not allowing yourself to cheat by not counting alcohol bought to drink at home.
- Talk to friends. Your friends and family need to know if you are thinking about cutting down or quitting drinking so that they can support you and try to arrange plans with you that don’t revolve around drinking.
- Try drinking low or no alcohol drinks. For those trying to cut down, alcohol free beer, or low alcohol beer and wine can help you to cut down on the units you drink every week whilst still being able to enjoy a social drink with friends.
- Try alcohol free activities. If your social life revolves around alcohol then you may struggle to quit drinking, or cut down at all. Try to plan new activities that are healthier, such as playing sports or walking in new places.
- Drink water. If you are drinking on any particular night, try to drink a glass of water, or even just a soft drink, in between alcoholic drinks. This will help to prevent you getting very drunk, and make sure that you drink less.
Victim of a drink driver?
If you do have an accident and the other driver had been drinking, you may be able to claim compensation for any whiplash injury in Chobham (or anywhere else for that matter). Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to the team about your whiplash injury and how the accident came about. You may need to provide evidence, as well as carrying out a medical assessment of your whiplash injury.
Date Published: 4th May 2014
Author: David Brown